This post will focus on these nine restaurants. Now, to understand where they're located, you have to know that part of Main Street is split with a block of buildings in between. The founding fathers in a senior moment named one direction of Main as South A Street. Nah! That's still Mainstreet, just going the otherway. So Addi's is included in my count as well as Steve's which is on a street between East and West Main.
The citizens of Springfield have to be some of the luckiest breakfasteers in the nation. I don't know of any other place in the country with this concentration of great mom-n-pop country breakfast places, and the locals seem to know that because all of these outlets host a crowd of regulars.
The Washburne Cafe
Washburne is a cozy coffee shop offering a lighter fare than its Main Street cousins. It's a place where one can go to relax, read a book, surf the internet (free WiFi), or just have a quiet conversation with your main squeeze. For coffee, I had both the house blend and the French roast. Both had a bold taste ... the kind of coffee one wants to add raw sugar to. Yes, all of you English teachers out there, I end my sentences in prepositions.
Two of their heavier breakfast choices are the meat omelet and the biscuits and country (sausage) gravy. Below is the meat omelet with bacon, ham, and cheddar. The crisp bacon and melted cheddar define this tasty breakfast. It's served with sauteed new potatoes with the skins (Yes!) and a crispy slice of wheat toast which was buttered and slow cooked in a sandwich press. See that big juicy strawberry. Chew on that to end your breakfast at the Washburne.
For more information go to www.thewashburnecafe.com
Addi's is home to the giant pancake. Pictured above is my grandson's breakfast and that looks like a small one. Their giant pancake varies in size and nobody complains because there always seem to be leftovers. One of them had to be almost 18 inches diameter. Man, that's family size. How do they flip it? My guess is that most of them are two forks wide.
On my first visit to the Pump, there was a short guy dressed up as a Leprechaun. Turned out to be St. Patrick's Day and the place was celebrating. My guess was this place is Irish so I went with the corned beef hash and eggs. That turned out to be a good decision. Thank you, Leprechaun customer.
BUSY BEE CAFE
Busy Bee's has this great mom-n-pop look to it. My favorite place there for breakfast is at the counter and my favorite breakfast is their biscuits and sausage gravy. Can hardly see the biscuits for all the gravy that's been heaped on it. And the gravy has plenty of sausage floating in it. Pictured below is the two-biscuit plate. If you're not too hungry, Busy Bee serves a one-biscuit plate as well.